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, and there is no road map for what's happening right now. pope benedict is abdicating. he said his farewell today. he flies off tomorrow, and then the gathering starts to pick his replacement. nbc's anne thompson was at the vatican for all of it today. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, in his final days, pope benedict has shown the world he has the ability to surprise. first in his decision to abdicate. and then today in his last public speech, revealing the personal toll leading the catholic church has taken on him. they came to witness history. >> i think this is something we're going to be able to look back at and tell our grandkids we were there. >> reporter: to say thank you. >> for all of us, he has been a really amazing teacher. >> reporter: and applaud the first pope in 700 years to voluntarily step down. >> i'm sure that he's really a very intelligent man, that he cares more about the church than about his role in the church. >> reporter: respect and affection is benedict's trouble pontificate comes to an end. >> i continue to accompany the church with my prayer
to ruling for life. pope benedict spent his last night in the papal vatican as the clock ticks down to his historic resignation. he'll step down after meeting with cardinals around the world and saying one last good-bye to followers. he gave an emotional farewell to 150,000 people in st. peters square yesterday. >> it did mean a lot, and to see the affection of the people the appreciation of the crowd, it was -- it was touching. >> reporter: later today the pope will take a ten-minute helicopter ride to castel gandolfo, the pope's summer retreat on the outskirts of rome. >> he'll spend a couple months there until there's a new pope and things are ready. he'll be basically spending a life of prayer in a convent on the vatican grounds. >> reporter: most of the 115 cardinals who will elect pope benedict's successor are already here in rome and speculation is spreading fast about who will replace him. >> i think it's going to be from africa or latin america. >> what matters most is that it's something who can dwight the church into the future. >> reporter: pope benedict
a church even benedict admits is damaged by division. what would you like to see out of the next pope? >> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications
benedict xvi has announced his historic resignation. >> a pretty dramatic change. it means he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >> "top gear" has shown a video of a helicopter racing a cobra with a disastrous ending. >> the end of the mardi gras season. >> i like it very much. >> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> keep mice from overrunning their mistresses' boudoirs. >> that's interesting. >> top ten questions on the application to become a swimsuit model. >> how does brent musburger describe you? >> and all that matters -- >> awarded the medal for courageous action. his son stole the show playing peek-a-boo. >> colin is not as shy as clint. >> on "cbs this morning." >> lightning struck the vatican just hours after pope benedict would be announ-- pope benedict announced his resignation. >> what will the pope do? he could become the most distinguished walmart greeter of all time. >>>, wi >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." nae north korea held its third nuclear test. >> president obama will in fact discuss the nuclear test during his state of th
>>> welcome back to "early start." in just a few hours, pope benedict xvi will fly off into retirement literally. he will be on a helicopter and assume the title pope emeritus. in his last words as pope, benedict xvi pledged his unconditional obedience to the future pope. >> coming up at 10:00 a.m., a cnn special anchored by erin burnett and chris cuomo in new york and kris ychristiane amanp rome. >> i want to say happy birthday to teddy and joseph, your 6-year-old twins. >> it's a big day back home. thanks for that. >> a big day in the berman household. that is it for "early start." >> "starting buoyapoint with so o'brian" starts right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point this morning, the pope's final day as head of the catholic church. in just about seven hours the office of the pope will be empty when benedict xvi is officially in retirement. this morning he blessed the cardinals who will pick his successor. >> translator: may he bless all of you in the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit. >> we're live in rome this morning with the histori
because pope benedict is german. they are moved by the news and chancellor angela merkel will react later. reaction just starting to come in as people hear this breaking news. >> we'll have more on the pope's resignation later on. parts of the gulf coast are waking up to untold damage after a wave of severe storms raked across the region sunday night. the brunt of the storms hit in and around hattiesburg, mississippi, where a long-track tornado ripped across part of the state. the twister traveled down one of the main streets, winding through the university of southern mississippi campus. the governor declared a state of emergency in seven counties reporting damage including downed trees, mangled buildings, and injuries to more than a dozen people. fortunately no deaths have been reported. >>> nbc meteorologist bill karins will have the details on the threat of more severe weather and potential flash floods coming up in a few minutes. >>> residents in southern california remain on edge this morning. day five in the manhunt for a former lapd officer suspected in three cold-blooded killings
. >> reporter: i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up, pope benedict is stepping down, but will he remain >>> pope benedict says he plans to drop out of public view when he steps down at the end of the month. danielle nottingham has more on the pope's return to private life. >> reporter: the vatican acknowledged for the first time that pope benedict hit his head in a hotel room during his trip to mexico last year. church officials say the accident has nothing to do with the pontiff's decision to retire. the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning he will be hidden from view after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer in a former monastery inside the vatican walls. it has been 600 years since the last pope retired. >> a lot of people are wondering is he just going to go behind the vatican walls and never be seen or heard from again. even the pope's brother had suggested that the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him will be around
of men who have been appointed by either benedict or john paul ii. so they're like-mended men. >> reporter: american catholics still make up the largest religious denomination in this country. but many believe if it wasn't for immigration from asia and latin america, their numbers would be on the decline. so will a new pope be able to change this course? that certainly is the question on the minds of many of the faithful. cecilia vega, abc news, san francisco. >> some say it's divine intervention. take a look at this lightning strike at the vatican. it touched the top of st. peter's basilica. and it got the attention of new york's archbishop during an interview with diane sawyer. >> have you seen these pictures today? >> no, what is this about? >> they say this happened today. >> wow! is that not something? boy, oh boy. a lot of pasta overcooked with this lightning strike. can you believe it at st. peter's? boy, another apt image. >> cardinal dolan will be among those choosing the next pope. here's something interesting. the cardinals are cut off from the entire world when the
that your family eats. that's coming up as well. >>> we begin in vatican city where pope benedict xvi is spending his last full day as pope. he delivered his last speech. tens and thousands of people gathered in st. peter's square to hear what he had to say. >> recalling moments of joy and light during his last eight years leading the church but he said there were difficult times as well, which he said, quote, seemed like the lord was sleeping. >> the pope also talked about his resignation, calling it a tough decision to make. >> i continue with my prayers and ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> after the speech, the pope greeted crowds at his popemobile. of course, they are going to take a chopper to the papal summer residence outside the city of rome. >> christiane amanpour is joining us. details about how the pope will live his life out. pretty fascinating. we' we're. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. we are on unchartered waters. the last time this happened was 600 years ago. pope benedict xvi after tomorrow, a new pope elected sometime we can expect before
for the catholic church. pope benedict will step down at the end of the month. >> catholics are waiting to see who will be chosing to replace him. abc's nick schifrin is joining us from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict is a shy leader but a reminder of the man who they used to call god's rottweiller. unpredictable, unprecedented. at 85, he's silver haired and cerebral and says he can't keep up. he said he's become so infirmed, i've had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry enstrupsed to me. in the last year, he grew increasingly frail. >> he's certainly slowed down a bet. you can tell he has trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down, putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he tried to heal wounds, apologizing to victims of sexual abuse. but his church shielded accused priests and hid crimes from authorities. >> they've got to come to terms with the priest scandal. they have to be more candid and honest about it. >> reporter: benedict filled stadiums bu
are getting word from a wire service that apparently pope benedict the 16th is about to resign. if you go back a year ago when he turned 85, there was some speculation that he might call it quits because of his declining health. there has been no additional update on why the pope is going to resign, but nonetheless the story is out there. we've got reporters on it. and as soon as we know why, we will share that with you. >>gretchen: that will be huge news obviously, so we'll keep you posted. let's go to the other top story which is the extreme weather alert. now we're talking about down south. a massive tornado caught on camera ripping through the heart of has -- hattiesburg, mississippi. >> happening right outside my hotel. check this out. look at that. >>gretchen: the devastating twister leaving at least 4,200 people without power. >> dude, that's insane. >> oh my! >> it's about to hit sam's. >>gretchen: as the tornado traveled down the main street, it mangled homes, businesses and several buildings on the campus of the university of southern mississippi. >> i saw it right around, as it was
that came out yesterday, that pope benedict is resigning at the end of the month. at age 85, the pope says he does not have the strength to carry out his duties any longer. >> the surprising decision has far-reaching imply faces for the millions of catholics around the world. abc's nick schifrin reports from vatican city. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader but a reminder of the man they used to call god's rottweiller. unpredictabili unpredictability, unprecedented and it might just guarantee his legacy. at 85, he's silver haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi told his cardinals he had become so infirm, "i've had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." in the last year, benedict grew increasingly frail. >> he certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down. putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he trie
pope benedict as head of the catholic church? >>> more breaking news out of california where police are involved in a shootout with the exl.a.p.d. officer wanted for a series of revenge killings. authorities say christopher dorner is barricaded in a cabin in the big bear california mountains. two officers have been hurt. this, of course, is a case that has shaken that entire community and a case the entire nation is watching. we're going to continue to follow it and bring you updates throughout the show. >>> pope benedict xvi will do mass. >> danielle nottingham has more from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity. >> it will be good to have a black pope. we hope to have a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they are good with welcoming people into the church. >> cardinal peter turkson could be the first black park. the top candidate from latin america and ann low scola is considered one of the strongest european candida
on this breaking story. >>> there is more information about the sudden resignation of pope benedict xvi. the pontiff said he is stepping aside because he does not have the strength of mind or body. catholic officials hope to elect a news pope before easter. danielle nottingham has the latest from the vatican. >> reporter: the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> perhaps it will be good to have a black pope. >> i'm have south america, from venezuela, and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they're from, as long as they're wel open thelogically to welcoming in as many people into the church as possible. >> reporter: names are surfacing. cardinal peter turkson from ghana, could be the first black pope. cardinal sand ri of argentina is considered the top candidate from latin america. and andrew skoala is considered one of the strongest european candidates. pope benedict is stepping down bec
pope benedict reassured roman catholics that will continue to serve god when he enters retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way, allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. peter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said we would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strengths. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he calls a new life of prayer and meditation. >> in the name of the father. >> three priests of the former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien of scotland engage in the inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the 1r59 can a week before the prepare resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth warbl of st. paul minnesota. >> it's in god's hands. the holy spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years, i don't think it will crumbable in a year. >> kenneth sympathized with benedict. >>
have a new pope sooner than expected. just a few days before stepping down, pope benedict xvi changes church law in historic move. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi has revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days after the pope resigns to begin voting for a new holy father. after benedict steps down on friday, cardinals can decide to move up the secret ceremony to elect a pope known as the conclave. >> i think they should do it as quickly as possible. >> i'm very surprised, i thought it would be something that took a lot longer. >> reporter: the vatican would like a new pope in place on march 24th. that means the new pope must be installed a week earlier. when the voting starts, scotish cardinal keith o bryan will be noticeably absent. o'brien resigned under allegations that he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. he says he does not want the allegation to be a distraction. >> the fact that his registration -- resignation has been accepted by pope benedict is good. not in
'll go and at 8:00 p.m. eastern he'll no longer be pope benedict xvi but rather pope benedict amara. >> the world is eagerly waiting to see who will replace him. do we know more of when the conclave will start? >> reporter: we don't at this point, mara. we do know the general meetings among the cardinals, the cardinals over the age of 80 don't get to vote for the new pope and the cardinal electors begin on monday. sometime between monday and tuesday we'll get a definite start date for the conclave. >> ann thompson live at the vatican. thank you for that. when the pope leaves later today, he'll be heading to castel gandolfo. claudio is joining us live from there this morning, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the pope is expected to arrive here in four hours and people are starting to gatter in the main square to bid him one last farewell. among the first to arrive here in the square is a group of american students from a catholic university from ohio. i'm joined here by one of them. student mike -- stacen. were you surprised when the pope announced his resignation? >> i was.
of cable, i'm giving you nave to narthex coverage of pope benedict's resignation in my new series "popewatch: inde-schism 2013." [cheers and applause] remembers -- remembers folks -- remember, it has been over 700 years since anyone has voluntarily depoped themselves. [laughter] well, buckle your chausable, because there are dramatic new developments. we all know that when a cardinal is elevated to the papacy, he becomes the heir of st. peter there choose a new name. so, naturally, now that benedict xvi is leaving office, he has asked that we call him simply: benedict the xvi. [laughter] okay. okay. that's understandable. he doesn't want to have to get new towels and stuff. [laughter] but that's not all. he says he's still going to be pope emiritus and his holiness, continue to wear the white robes and live in the vatican. [laughter] folks, that means there's going to be two pontiffs. we're one pope over the line-- sweet jesus, one pope over the line. [laughter] [cheers and applause] it'll be chaos. you can't have one vatican with two popes. it's like gotham with multiple batmans.
the vatican about the health of pope benedict. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz, from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican has revealed that pope benedict's closest aide will remain as his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the dual role for monsignor giller gynesign is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly mahe's going to do. and it will be benedict who decides what he does do ask doesn't do. even the pope's brother has said the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning, he will be hidden from view, after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer. in a former monestary inside the vatican walls. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him around the vatican will be around for many years to come. >> reporter: tourists who make the pilgrimage here buy all sorts of le -- religious
wrong before on the pope. but the pope, mika, why don't you confirm. >> pope benedict is going to be stepping down as head of the catholic church. he apparently made this statement within the past few hours in latin. during a small canonization event saying he doesn't have the strength anymore. once again, pope benedict will be resigning as head of the catholic church. we'll have much more on this story as the details come in. we are told that this will be happening fairly rapidly. >> they're talking about february the 28th. that he'll be stepping down. and of course, it was pope benedict who stepped in and became pope after pope john paul ii, the iconic pope of the 20th century, stepped down. of course, pope john paul ii had been pope since 1979. and so, of course, his impact felt not only in the religious world but also the political world. pope benedict, though, never really, of course, given the chance to emerge from the shadows. and it seems that for a good bit of his time, he was dogged by allegations that came through the child abuse scandal throughout certainly before h
and iran. a live look at pope benedict xvi holding a weekly audience at the vatican. this is the first public appearance since announcing he will resign at the end of the month. he will deliver his final ash wednesday mass. he told a crowd of thousands that he is resigning for the good of the church hope bened - pope benedict announced he was stepping down because of health concerns. passengers have reported that there is no running water few running toilets and limited access to food. president and ceo jerry cahill says that is simply not true. >> there is running water and a good number of bathrooms that do work. in a situation like this you are going to be sensitive to all hygiene procedures. we are going along with how we handle things and going along the situation on board. i can tell you there have not been any abnormal people who have reported to the infirmary. >> tug bows are pulling the ship to mobile alabama. it is expect to do arrive sometime tomorrow. carnival booked hotel room and flights to get passengers home from there as soon as possible. the ntsb is investigating what
snow. dallas sunny and los angeles sunny. los angeles, 75 the high. >>> pope benedict has arrived at st. peters's square for his last public audience. this is a live picture where tens of thousands have gathered to see phone benedict on his last full day as lead over the catholic church. benedict is expected to speak for over an hour possibly laying out his vision for the future of the church. >>> in medical news now, a new study finds a worrisome trend. an incidence of deadly breast cancer among women has appeared. these cancers tend to be more aggressive. >> reporter: more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age. >> it's scary. definitely very scary but something to be aware of. >> reporter: a new study in the american journal of medicine finds a small but significant increase in advance breast cancer among women in their 20s and 30s. researchers have found it's gone up each year since 1976. >> ideally you want to see it go down, not up. >> reporter: young women with breast cancer tend to have more aggressive forms of the disease th
benedict is resigning. tonight we're still trying to get our minds around just what this all means for the catholic church and the world stage upon which the pope wields such vast influence. for the last six centuries, the catholic church chose a new pope as it also mourned the death of an old one. not this time. pope benedict issued his stunning retirement notice, saying in part i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. >> in centuries past, popes didn't live to this age. they died in their jobs. now the medicine has the ability to keep people going physically a lot longer than they may have the strength to do what is the most gruel jobs in the world. >> usa today reporter says with the pope stepping down at the end of the month, the college of cardinals is already lining up possible successors. according to retired american catholic the church will be looking for a new pope with perhaps the combination of the qualities it liked in the last two. >> i think they'll be looking for men who would have some of the wisdom of the pope bened
. pope benedict xvi is stepping down as pontiff at the end this of month. tonight one french cardinal calls the move liberating for future popes. benedict is 85 years old and says he doesn't have the strength of mind and body needed to continue. the vatican says there is no specific health problem forcing him to step down. while a small group around the pope knew the announcement was coming it was a complete surprise for most of the church including washington's archbishop cardinal donald worrell. >> very startling. i was totally unprepared for it. the second reaction was, we're going to have to now think a little differently. >> cardinal worrell talking about the selection of the new pope while the former pope still lives. when exactly that will happen, still up in the air. tonight catholics have a lot of questions about the church's future and about what to expect from the next pontiff. jim rosenfield is live at the basilica of the national shrine with more on the story. >> doreen, some candid talk from the pulpit here during evening mass where leaders are as curious as followers ab
message from the pope as 150,000 people packed st. peter's square to witness history before pope benedict steps down tomorrow. >>> tackling gun violence. the father of a sandy hook victim. >> it's hard to be here to talk about my son, but i have to. i'm his voice. i'm not here for the sympathy and a pat on the back as many people stated down in newtown. i'm here to speak up for my son. >>> at the pentagon, chuck hagel finally takes over as defense chief. >> i will do everything in my power to be the kind of leader that you expect and you deserve. also, the kind of leader the country expects and deserves. >>> john kerry takes paris. [ speaking foreign language ] >> not bad at all. good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington in english today. the historic voting rights act could be in danger as a number of supreme court justices overturned the 1965 law. nbcs justice correspondent pete williams joins me now from the supreme court. pete, from the arguments today, what is your impression of what way the court might be moving? >> well, you know, the court didn't come with a blank slate. four ye
're with us. i'm jenna lee. pope benedict xvi citing his declining health for this decision. the vatican says there is nothing mysterious or grave they quote. but the pope benedict xvi brother told a german newspaper that the pope had difficulty walking. just one report but something to take into consideration here. the 85-year-old pontiff will resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as pope. he was elected by his fellow cardinals in 2005. we're getting new reaction to the announcement from around the world and across the united states. the united states home to 68 million catholics, about 1/5 of the country, including reaction from one church leader elevated to cardinal by the pope last february. >> my affection and for and ad mir vision -- admiration for pope ben benedict xvi. i love him so much, as the bish shop of roam who appointed me to you all. to the holy father who made me a cardinal. i just always admired him as a scholar, as a priest, as a holy man. i'm in admiration for him is even higher because of his you humility. jenna: mr. anderson just had a private meeting
benedict xvi announced the historic resignation. >> he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >>> president obama will announce a year from today, the united states will have 34,000 fewer troops in afghanistan. >>> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> to keep mice from overrunning their mistress's boudoirs. >> top ten questions on the application to become a "sports illustrated" swimsuit model. >> how would brent musburger describe you. >> >> clint's son colin stole the show. >> colinkohl pope benedict xvi announced his resignation. >> what will he do for work? he could become the walmart greeter. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." north korea defied the country again, the foreign ministry is threatening measures of greater ear intensity. >> bill plante confirmed president obama will discuss the during nuclear test during his state ofnion add the union tonight, the president will say it merely isolates north korea even more.t the north says it tested a de lighter miniaturized nuclear device underground. marga
originating in eggs, sprouts, and vine vegetables. >>> the vatican this morning is revealing pope benedict hit his head during last year's visit to mexico, but officials deny it had any significant role in his resignation. today the pontiff has been meeting with the pastors of rome's parishes. the conclave of cardinals will meet next month to pick benedict's successor. let's bring in the former director of the office of peace, justice, and integrity of creation for the sisters of charities. sister, good to see you. >> thank you. good to be here. >> let me start with this. as the cardinals get ready to pick the next pope, what issues would you like the next pontiff to address? in the "new york times" criticizing the vatican saying that they accused nuns of pushing radical feminist themes this from a year ago. there's also an issue of women in the priesthood. >> well, certainly the role of women in the church is a critical issue in the church today. and for the world today. and so i would whole heartedly support an expanded role and that expanded role based really on the dignity, the value, the
. >> an italian newspaper is reporting pope benedict underwent a secret heart surgery less than three months ago to replace a 10-year old pacemaker and the unexpected resignation is ling to speculation over which direction his successor will take the church. pope benedict appointed most of the cardinals who will choose the next pope with the largest bloc coming from europe. in the bay area many who gathered for mass last night prayed for the pope. some students hope the next pontiff opens dialogue on issues like same-sex marriage and married priests. >> i do believe in a lot of the traditions that we have in the church but we need to move forward. >> a little bit more respect and authority and power for the women in the church and the sisters and the nuns. >> the pope will resign february 28. the vatican hopes to have the next pope joined by easter. >> there is an merge meeting in response to north korea's latest nuclear test. the closed door meeting will begin at 6:00 our time. the north korea said they detonated a nuclear device at a test site. at the same time, an earthquake was detected in t
of lightning striking st. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. after his unprecedented move. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline we can all understand in any language, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, an italian news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemark ker at this hospit in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thought out and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. joc
pictures from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is stepping down today. this morning the 85-year-old pontiff is spending a few moments exchanging words with the cardinals before he heads out on a helicopter to the papal residence south of rome. >>> all right, now to developments on the civil war in syria, roughly about an hour from now, secretary of state john kerry is expected to announce a u.s. policy shift when it comes to aiding the rebels. kerry is in rome for an international conference aimed at dealing with the conflict. for the first time obama administration plans to offer nonlethal assistance in syria. the reports say that the aid package could include body armor, communication equipment, night vision gear and vehicles. the white house however is stopping short of providing weapons. senator marco rubio of florida, has a slightly different take on how the u.s. should help. >> there are plenty of weapons in syria. they're coming from other countries. . what the opposition really needs is access to ammunition. one thing that we can consider, is if we can identify responsible groups, a
into port now. >>> pope benedict's sendoff has the faithful on their feet. >>> mayor bloomberg's latest target. plus, the world's largest airline. and 1 million are calling women around the world. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, february 14th, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. 4200 passengers are hoping to set foot on dry land this morning after a disaster at sea. carnival's triumph cruise liner lost power on sunday, causing it to become stranded with little food and even few you are working bathrooms. nbc's jay gray is live in alabama where the ship is set to dock. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, mara. yeah, passengers have described it as a difficult and disgusting trip, one that should end this afternoon has the ship is pulled into the cruise terminal here. a third tugboat joined the slow tow pulling the crippled cruise liner toward this dock at the port of mobile. >> we've been doing a lost work to try to activate the terminal again. we've been doing a lot of logistic security to make this experience
on the christian calendar. it was an especially emotional day as pope benedict xvi makes one of his final appearances as the holy father. danielle nottingham reports for wjz from vatican city. >> thousands of faithful gave pope benedict xvi the long ovation near the end of ash wednesday mass. the applause only stopped when the pontiff said thank you, let's return to prayer. the 85-year-old holy father looked tired at times, during the lengthy mass. he was wheeled down the center aisle, when he left the packed basilica. many catholics were emotional, to see pope benedict celebrate mass in public. >> it was very beautiful, very moving and a great deal of affection, i think, that could be sensed in the congregation for him. it was amazing. i feel so lucky that we were here for this experience. >> reporter: tens of thousands of people are expected here at st. peter's square for the pope's final public appearance on february 27th, a day before he steps down. >> reporter: vatican officials say the pontiff does not expect big fanfare when he leaves. >> he's n
as pope benedict celebrated has final ash wednesday mass as pope. he will retire in less than two weeks. danielle nottingham reports for wjz from the vatican. >> reporter: thousands of faithful gave pope benedict xvi a long ovation near the end of ash wednesday mass. the applause only stopped when the pontiff said thank you, let's return to prayer. the 85-year-old holy father looked tired at times during the lengthy mass. he was wheeled down the center aisle when he left the packed basilica. many catholics were emotional to see pope benedict celebrate mass in public for the last time. >> it was very beautiful. very moving. and a great deal of affection, i think, that could be sensed in the congregation for him. >> i feel so lucky that we were here for this experience. >> reporter: tens of thousands of people are expected here at st. peter's square for the pope's final public appearance on february 27th. a day before he steps down. >> reporter: vatican officials say the pontiff does not expect big fanfare when he leaves. >> he is not the big ce
the selection process is likely to start and how pope benedict xiv will spend his final days on the job. >>> if the drink diet soda, listen up. we'll tell you about a new link between sugar-free diet soda and diabetes. >> what do you do when you've won the super bowl of dog shows. if you have high blood pressure and get a cold get coricidin hbp. the number one pharmacist recommended cold brand designed for people with high blood pressure. and the only one i use to relieve my cold symptoms without raising my blood pressure. coricidin hbp. >>> deadly fire in maryland. why firefighters had trouble finding water to fight these flames. "news4 at 4" back in just seconds. >>> investigators are working to figure out what caused this fire. it's a dash-cam video of what they found. eight people were home at the time. seven got out, but 66-year-old geraldine key could not. firefighters say their job was especially hard, because there were no hydrants nearby. one fire fight was also seriously hurt. >>> the head of the post office today defended his call to end delivery on saturdays. he acknowledged
that pope benedict xvi is revining at the end of the month who will replace him. one of the top contenders is from ghana he would be the first black pope. one of the strongest candidates from latin america is from brazil. only cardinals under the age of 80 can vote for pope benedict's successor which means 118 are eligible. this morning the two mowning men charged with murdering a chicago teen will make their first appearance in court. police say 20-year-old kenneth williams and 18-year-old michael ward mistook her and her friends for members of a rival gang and shot them in retaliation. >> i am amazed. i am so excited. i am happy that the murder is off t -- murderer off the street. >> she died one week after performing at the president's inauguration. >> such a sad story. president obama presented a brave army receipt van with our nation's highest military award the medal of honor. former staff sergeant was at a combat out post in afghanistan in 2009 when three taliban fighters launched an ambush. it was one of the bloodiest of the war. they called in air support that killed 30 enemy figh
now pope benedict xvi will become the first living former pope in six centuries. the vatican announced today that his title in retirement will be pope emeritus. earlier today, we asked long- time vatican reporter delia gallagher, senior editor for "inside the vatican" magazine, how the vatican will cope with two popes. >> well, a lot of this will be unchartered territory and will depend, i think, on common sense of the pope emeritus, benedict who has said he would like to live hidden from the world a life of prayer, a life of silence and one has to take him at his word that that is indeed, what he intends to do he especially is a man who understands that he has to allow the freedom of the new pope to take the church in the direction that he sees fit without setting up any kind of anti-papacy. i mean, these cardinals have been appointed by pope benedict xvi and john paul ii so i don't think we'll see a situation of conflict. >> pelley: why can't the vatican seem to settle on a date for the conclave to begin to select the new pope? >> well, part of it is logistical. we have to wait until
the next pope. in a surprise announcement monday, pope benedict xvi announced he was stepping down due to his age. >>> a five-day cruise to the caribbean turn into his quite appear ordeal with passengers getting sick and saying the boat smells, quote, extremely sick. >> a fire on board a carnival cruise ship was stranded with more than 4,000 people on board. >> reporter: the carnival triumph departed galveston, texas on thursday enroute to the caribbean. now, it is headed to alabama after a fire in the ship's engine room knocked out the vessel's propulsion system leaving more than 4 0u theme stuck at sea. >> technical support personnel from carnival are now on the way to the ship which is approximately 200 miles northwest of cancun. >> >> reporter: no one was injured in the mishap and the fire was quickly extinguished. >> she was crying and stuff and said they have no power. they have no running water. they have no way to use the bathroom. >> reporter: other carnival cruise liners have met with the stranded vessel bringing food and other supplies. officials say the ship has drifted so
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